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Cognitive Load: practical ways to reduce cognitive load in the classroom

Type: Physical
Date: Monday, 18th March, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: IoE Hambleton, Galtres Centre, Easingwold
Course Code: WH17
Cognitive Load: practical ways to reduce cognitive load in the classroom

Course Info

In January 2017, Dylan Williams posted a tweet stating that “I’ve come to the conclusion Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory is the single most important thing that teachers should know”. In this course we will look at what Cognitive Load Theory is and how we can take practical steps to manage this for pupils in our classrooms.

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Training Aims

  1. To develop an awareness of what Cognitive Load Theory is and how it can impact on pupil learning.
  2. To learn some practical strategies that will help teachers to manage cognitive overload in their lessons,
    resources and the surrounding environment

Intended Audience

Classroom practitioners from KS2 to KS4.


Kirsten Russell - Trust Assistant Director of the Institute of Education and Training School

After graduating from the University of Leeds Kirsten worked abroad as a voluntary teacher in state run schools in Eastern Europe, teaching English. On her return she entered industry as a graduate management trainee for a large corporation and worked as a department, and senior manager before becoming a trouble shooter for failing departments.

After seven years Kirsten decided to return to her love of teaching and enrolled to study for her PGCE in Business and Economics at the University of Hull. Her teaching career began at Driffield School, where she was a Business and Economics teacher, with responsibilities for whole-school Enterprise and the EPQ. During her time at Driffield, she completed her Certificate in Continued Professional Development before studying part time for her MEd in Leadership and Change at the University of Hull

Kirsten moved to Woldgate School and Sixth Form College in 2014 to take up the role of Head of Business and within just two years had moved the lowest performing department in the school to one of the highest. Business Studies GCSE grades rose by 30%, with the Business BTEC ALPS outcomes increasing by 5 levels and the 2015 Ofsted report commended the sixth form business students for their strong progress.

Kirsten has continued to take on additional responsibilities as Head of Psychology and as an Associated Assistant Headteacher, where she introduced Enterprise into the school via the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and whole school Enterprise events. Before joining the Institute of Education, Kirsten performed an associate role in the Wonder Teaching School and continues to lead on ITT, intern recruitment, CPD and marketing across the trust.

Cognitive Load: practical ways to reduce cognitive load in the classroom

Course Cost: £49.00

Please use this form to register for the Wonder Institute of Education's Cognitive Load: practical ways to reduce cognitive load in the classroom on Monday, 18th March, 2024 at IoE Hambleton, Galtres Centre, Easingwold. Please visit: www.galtrescentre.org.uk for information about the venue.

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